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County Structure

Did you know that Colorado Counties are a constitutional subdivision of Colorado State government and that County boundaries, set forth in the statute, were drawn by the Colorado General Assembly?

With this in mind, Douglas County acts through its Board of County Commissioners This three-member board acts, by majority vote of a quorum present, to adopt ordinances in those limited areas for which specific authority has been given by the State Legislature, and to adopt resolutions to conduct all of its other business.


Board of Douglas County Commissioners 2021
Board of Douglas County Commissioners: George Teal; Lora Thomas, Chair; Abe Laydon, Vice Chair

The Board of County Commissioners performs legislative, executive and quasi-judicial functions and serves as the legislative, policy-making, and the administrative body governing the unincorporated areas of Douglas County.

The Board appoints a County Manager who implements the policy directions of the Board and supervises and coordinates the work of the staff in the Departments under direct control of the Board.  Apart from the County Attorney, the County Manager will have line authority over all County divisions under the Board of County Commissioners.

The County Attorney is a constitutionally prescribed County office.  By statute, the County Attorney is a position filled by appointment of the Board.  The County Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and representation for the Board. The County Attorney, with the approval of the Board, also advises and represents all other Douglas County elected officials, the County Administrator, department and division heads, and appointed commissions, boards and committees.

Other County Elected Officials

The other constitutional officers elected to four-year terms are the Assessor,  Clerk and Recorder,  Coroner,  Sheriff,  Surveyor and Treasurer

Constitutionally and statutorily, these elected offices are independent of one other and from the County Commissioners.  Their powers and duties are prescribed by state statute.

The County Commissioners have no direct authority over the other elected officials in the county, except that commissioners approve budgets for all other elected officials’ departments.

For more detail about the History of Colorado Counties, please visit the Colorado Counties Inc. website.